I will run this 'open season' for another week until the end of the month; then we will return to 'our patch', in and around Winwick. Today's post, 24th July 2011, once again recognises the popularity of this theme with pics from another six contributors featured.
First up is a John Smith shot showing another of his industrial saddle tank pictures. This one was taken at a Gala at th Ribble Steam Railway at Preston and features two 0-4-0 examples, double heading. The pic is dated 12th February 2011.
Next is a pic from Jeff Nicholls. 'Black Five' No.45305 is shown heading the Liverpool-Scarborough 'Coast to Coast' express at Kenyon heading towards Chat Moss on 2nd July 2011.
Pic number three has been sent in by Alan Rigby. Bulleid 'Battle of Britain' class 4-6-2, No. 34067 Tangmere, is pictured heading towards Crewe Heritage Centre complete with support coach. The loco was due to work the 'Scarborough Flyer' from Crewe on 22nd July 2011. The pic was taken on the previous day, 21st July 2011.
We pop over to Ireland next for pic number four, from Bevan Price. Featured is Coras Iompair Eireann (CIE) No.231 on a Dublin suburban service at Killiney on 17th June 1977. C231, which entered service on January 1st 1958, was one of 34, Bo-Bo locos built as class C for the Irish State owned transport company. The loco is currently owned by the Irish Traction Group.
The fifth pic is one of my own and is slightly different - the emphasis being on the driver and fireman. The 'Cotton Mill Express' railtour of 15th March 2008 is shown at Preston Station, ready and waiting for the off. Double heading pair, BR 'Standard' class 4, 2-6-0, No.76079 (known as 'Pocket Rocket') and Stanier 4-6-2, No.6201 Princess Elizabeth are at the head. If anyone knows the names of the two footplate men in the pic, let me know, and I will add them to the text.
The final pic is from David Wood and for this we visit Warsaw in Poland. Pictured is one of a static display of Polish locomotives in Warsaw in 2008 - no ther details are supplied.